SOAR: a template for physicians; a template for human life.
Learning how to navigate problems as a physician taught me to navigate through life’s puzzles.
I have had many opportunities in my life. One advantage was admission to my medical school. While learning how to manage diseases, I learned how to approach Life’s greatest challenges. What are we supposed to do with the life we have been given and how do we invest our most valuable asset – time? (“There is no present like the time!”)
In those days, becoming a physician meant surviving the genuine, deliberately difficult curriculum and years of obstacles. I survived believing, by some magic, I would come out the other end, knowing everything!
Rather than knowing everything, I was taught, as a physician, one always was forced to make decisions with incomplete pieces to the puzzle!
Time is always inadequate; information is almost always lacking; demanding, always, is response/ action.
You gather what information you can, do an assessment and respond/ act. Sick and injured patients need for someone to assess their problem and act before it is too late. Several times a day, day after day, as a student – then as a physician you learn to respond, often with less information than you need.
One assembles the template.
First, the subjective information “S”. What are the unmeasurable features obtain a History (“his story”)– pain – fear- (“Not everything that counts, can be counted,)
Secondly attain the objective information“O”; what you can see and measure – overt manifestations. Then consider the meaningful evidence that is not present (“The Dog That Didn’t Bark” of Sherlock Holmes)
S + O = Assessment
From the assessment, you plan a Response
This S.O.A.R. Template has worked for me in engaging with Life’s puzzles. Often, one is required to make decisions without all of the information needed. So get the subjective input; make (objective) observations = assessment and respond with action. Then evaluate the outcome by repeating the template. 30
Charles C. Rogers August 20, 2015